SWAP makes it easy to secure a bank account, phone, and provides assistance with accommodation and job searching during your entire stay. Your year-long work permit means you can fund your adventures, nature fun, and cheap travels to just about anywhere in Asia. You’ll come home with international work experience, new friends, countless stories from the trip of a lifetime, and if you manage your funds efficiently, some change in your pockets, too.


  • Eligibility: Canadians aged 18-30
  • Registration Deadline: Apply at least five weeks prior to your intended arrival
  • Visa Duration: Any period up to six months (once in Japan, you will have the opportunity to extend your visa for an additional six months)
  • Support Funds: You must have the amount of $2500 CAD saved in your account as of the day you submit your application. These are called support funds and are a requirement of the Japanese government

Local Support in:

  • • Our expert SWAP materials: Your GO SWAP Kit to assist with trip preparation, job and accommodation searches before you arrive
  • • The latest LONELY PLANET Japan guide - a wonderfully informative book detailing all the must-see and hidden trea


    • One-year Japanese Working Holidaymaker visa that allows for multiple entries into the country
    • Accommodation upon arrival: Two nights in Tokyo

    Level of support:

    Self Guided

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Price Range: $$$$$

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